CONTROLLING YOUR ANXIETY AND FEAR OF UNCERTAINTY DURING PANDEMIC

Evolutionary Use of Scare

When we perceive something uncertain or threatening, it causes fear in us. However, fear is a useful emotion for your survival. It keeps you out of trouble, which is why we have still have it. Our bodies change to get ready to ‘fight or flight.’ Our heart rate goes up, blood pressure rises, breathing deeper and faster, eyes dilate, we lose our appetite, increased energy and focus. Sound familiar? It’s also the same symptoms we feel when we get anxious. 

Cortisol

Fear in a body causes an increase level of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. It cause all of the above, including things like increased blood sugar. Also, have you noticed it’s hard for you to think about abstract things when you are scared? It’s because cortisol, in addition to other hormones, causes a shift of blood from your frontal cortex, to the older more primitive parts of your brain that are responsible for basic survival and feelings. Your frontal cortex is what allows you to think and is what makes us human. No wonder we start to act irrationally when we are afraid.  

Controlling fear and anxiety

We can gain control of our fear by controlling those things we can effect. Right now, you might be on edge because of your uncertainty of the pandemic. You can control of a lot of things in your life related to this virus: 

Use Controlled Breathing and Meditation to Put Worries at Ease

You may not be able to control things, but you can always control your your own response to the emotions. You can do this through breathing techniques and meditation. 

Deep breathing exercises and meditation can actually help you control your heart rate and blood pressure and help you get calm. 

You Always Have Some Control

One of the main things in life to remember is that no matter what year you are living in, what new crisis is around you, you always have some element of control. Your thoughts, reactions, your breathing, your focus, preparation, practice. 

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